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“Sid & Aya (Not a Love Story)” Review: A Mature & Unpretentious Take on Romance

SID & AYA (NOT A LOVE STORY) (2018) Review
Directed by Irene Villamor

Being a bit tired of Filipino hugot movies or romance comedy movies, it’s surprising to still see movies that tend to deviate from the usual formula, from what the fans would’ve wanted to see and from producers who favors more traditional filmmaking. But here we are, another gem in Philippine cinema.

Sid & Aya (Not a Love Story) invests a hundred percent on its story, and a smart move it is as the film really gives an insightful look at the two main characters, Sid and Aya. Dingdong Dantes (Sid) and Anne Curtis (Aya) delivers the much needed grounded approach from their characters that it resulted to a film that feels and looks natural. No excess drama, no excess cheesiness.

Its unpretentious analysis on its story makes it a cut above the rest. As it present a mature and straightforward story of two strangers that develop an unusual relationship and goes deeper as time passes by.

It’s a well-written and well-told story that tries not to be too romantic. It just tells the story of Sid and Aya through their loneliness, their pain, their bond that lead to a rather unpredictable turns.

30 Sid & Aya


4.5 stars

“Sid & Aya (Not A Love Story)” is now showing in cinemas nationwide from VIVA Films and N Squared Productions. Rated PG by the MTRCB.

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